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Links and Info on Barbados part 2

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Deckhand
I would also add these places to the first list.

8 Farley Hill

Breathtaking scenery set in the grounds of the once regal Farley Hill house. A mansion in ruins, tucked away in a forest of mahogany trees, high up on a hill overlooking the rugged Atlantic coast, Farley Hill is an idea spot to picnic, escape into nature, hide in the shade of a comforting tree and to simply stare out to sea. It is also a spot favoured by visitors for getting married!
Building of Farley Hill house began in 1818, with additional rooms being added over the next 50 years. It eventually grew to be regarded as the most impressive mansion in Barbados. In the mid-nineteenth century Sir Graham Briggs, a wealthy British planter and legislator, owned the property. Briggs improved not only the house, but also the gardens, importing many new plants and trees into the island.
In 1965, the house was used in the film Island in the Sun but was subsequently destroyed by fire. HM Queen Elizabeth II officially opened Farley Hill as a national park in 1966, the same year Barbados gained independence.

9. Hackleton’s Cliff

Hackleton's Cliff, in the parish of St. Joseph rises almost perpendicularly within a few miles of the coastline and reaches a height of one thousand feet above sea level.
According to legend, the cliff is named after a man who committed suicide by riding his horse off the cliff.
Naturally, this cliff offers one of the best views of Barbados' east coast. Bring along your camera!

10. Mount Hillaby
Mount Hillaby, situated in St. Andrew is the highest point of the Island at 1,115 ft. or 343 metres above sea level!
Naturally, this site is one of the best scenic lookouts in Barbados, particularly of the Eastern and Northern sections of the island.
If you follow the narrow road through the village of Hillaby, you will be treated to captivating views of the East, West and North coasts of the island.

11. Animal Flower Cave


The Animal Flower Cave is located at the most Northerly point of Barbados in the parish of St.Lucy.
The name "Animal Flower Cave" comes from the sea anemones found in the pools of the cave. Some of these pools are deep enough for you to swim in! There are also several openings looking out to sea, offering some spectacular views!

The now famous cave has been featured in singer Billy Ocean's music videos and in the soap opera "Bold and Beautiful".

If you are interested in History then check out this site.
http://www.barbados.org/historic.htm
Crafts.
http://www.barbados.org/crafts.htm
CHALKY MT. POTTERIES
Located on the East Coast of Barbados, where Barbadian potters have practiced their skills for hundreds of years.
EARTHWORKS POTTERY
Earthworks Pottery is well known for its Caribbean blue and green lines of tableware and serving pieces, which are oven, dishwasher and microwave safe. Vases, lamps, office, bathroom and kitchen are catered to, and custom orders can be shipped if ncessary!
No admission fee.
Tel: (246) 425-0223 Fax: (246) 425-3224
PELICAN VILLAGE
An attractive shopping village featuring pottery, straw works, batik, rum cakes, metal works, paintings, and much more. Located on the outskirts of the capital city, Bridgetown.

THE POTTER'S HOUSE
The Potter's House is an art gallery offering selected high quality handmade Bajan craft in several disciplines. On the large shaded verandah is the Lunch Club, serving tasty sandwiches and salads. A great stop while touring the countryside.
Tel: (246) 425-3463
RED CLAY POTTERY & FAIRFIELD GALLERY
Located at Fairfield Cross Roads in the parish of St.Michael, Red Clay Pottery manufactures a wide selection of ornamentals, dinnerware and terracotta pots, all carefully designed and each one unique!
Tel: (246) 424-3800 Fax: (246) 424-0072

Natural attractions.
ANDROMEDA GARDENS
ANIMAL FLOWER CAVE
BARCLAYS PARK
ERROL BARROW PARK
FLOWER FOREST
FOLKESTONE MARINE PARK
GRAEME HALL SWAMP & NATURE SANCTUARY
HARRISON'S CAVE
JOES RIVER
LAZARETTO GARDENS
OCEAN PARK
ORCHID WORLD
TURNER'S HALL WOODS
WELCHMAN HALL GULLY
WILDLIFE RESERVE

Barbados Distilleries
Rum has been produced in Barbados for over 350 years and Barbados rum is recognized as one of the finest (and strongest!) in the world today.

Mount Gay Visitors Centre

Foursquare Rum Factory and Heritage Park
Tour this modern computerized Rum Factory and explore the Heritage Park - featuring an Art Foundry, Craft Shops, Food and Drink Stalls, and beautifully landscaped gardens.

Malibu Visitor Centre
Learn more about rum production via a video presentation and a tour through the distillery. This facility is located on a magnificent beach and features a beachside bar and restaurant.
(Tel: 246-425-9393)

Notes.
A trip along the East Coast Road gives rise to a most spectacular seascape with the huge Atlantic waves breaking over rocks and reefs to form small pools close to shore.
The Atlantic rollers break on the large rocks at sea to form beautiful mist and foam.
There are not really any places that are suitable for swimming, but the views and coastline is so beautiful that we usually go there just to enjoy it.

THE BATHSHEBA POOLS .
The pools are carved out of the inshore coral reef and are a few feet away from the sandy shore. They are several feet deep and you can sit in them enjoying a drink while the surf splashed in, swirling the water around in nature’s own whirlpool.
Rum Punch parties at the pools in Bathsheba are a uniquely Bajan experience!
BUT!
CAUTION:
Swimming at Bathsheba is DANGEROUS. If you are not with someone who knows the area well do not swim here. There are dangerous rip tides and undertows. While it is tempting to walk into the ocean over the flat coral reefs, be cautious. Incoming waves can pull you out to sea with their strong undertow. This is a place to tread carefully, to look and wonder with respect at the mighty forces of nature.

The West side is calm, with plenty of coves for swimming.
If you do not have a beach in mind, then ask your driver to stop at a hotel that will allow you to use their beach and their bar. Tell him that you really want to see the monkeys.

We had an interesting afternoon watching them run up and down the trees while we floated in the sea. The water was calm as can be.


We have usually hired a driver and asked him to take us up the East (Bathsheba) side of the island, and then go over to the west side.
We used to do Sam Lords Castle, as there was some wonderful views, and a great place to eat where the myna birds would come right in and eat the fruit put out for them, but the last time we were there this all had changed, you could no longer just go in, the taxi driver had to ask permission, and then they had changed the restaurant and enclosed it so the entertaining birds could not come in. So I have no idea if they have changed again. I would rely on your driver’s recommendations on this.


Then we would end up at the Edgewater Inn .

http://www.newedgewater.com/p_gal.cfm

Remember.. Food and drink is expensive on Barbados.

Now it is under new management, and I have not seen it since it changed hands, but we usually go there and sit out on the deck and have a beer and some snacks
The view from this place is beautiful.


http://www.totallybarbados.com/sightseeing/sightseeing.aspx

The North coast of Barbados is the smallest coast as well as the most rural. A venture up north will reveal a way of living foreign to even most island locals. Perhaps it is because the northern coast is so separated from town or perhaps they know something we don’t.
Other Coastal Features
Of course, not all of Barbados' coast is sand; there are mangrove swamps, cliffs, tide pools and areas where beds of low lying coral rock, sandstone, clay or shale reach out to the sea.
Barbados' swamps are to be found in Chancery Lane, Inch Marlow and Graham Hall in the South and South West of the Island. They are the major wetlands of Barbados providing an assemblage of plants and animals forming an important link in the food chain of offshore fish and birds.
Low lying rock formations are particularly prevalent along the North East and South Easter points; periwinkles, sea anemones, crabs and snails make their home along these rocks.
Tidal flats and wave ridges occur mostly off the East coast within eroded limestone plateaus and other low-lying rock formations.

On the South and South West Coasts you will find many tide pools, an important ecological resource, acting as nurseries for juvenile fish and other permanent residents like the ghost crab and sea roaches as well as marine plants like sea moss which is made into a health drink.


Cliffs of coral and sandstone overlook calm bays and rugged coastlines and sometimes small, cozy soft sand beaches nestle between heads of coral sculptured by the sea. Most of the larger cliffs are in the North, in the parish of St. Lucy.
 
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